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Arts and CultureBio:
My name is Kayla Armstrong; I attend Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. My Major is Education Studies. I have spent most of my life giving back to others by working with young people with special needs. In 2015, I went to college at Manor College, located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and earned my Associates's Degree in Early Childhood Education PreK-4th. The field of the Heinz Program that I am leaning towards is Arts and Culture. The reasoning is that I find that living a day in someone else's country is fascinating, and I would like to learn as much as possible about another culture. I feel like this experience is very connected to the field I plan to pursue: education. There are so many children with different cultural backgrounds that I will encounter; this experience will give me another level of understanding and ability to connect. Because of all the courses I took leading up to today, I feel that I can explore this study abroad experience. With the site's future, this gives a great front view of people in other countries; lifestyles are like. However, given this incredible opportunity, I appreciate that this program is a leadership program because I feel that I have never had training in this area and would benefit from learning more. By choosing to be part of Arcadia University, I wanted to be at a school that has a global focus. I feel this is important because different understanding cultures are such a huge part of being an educator. I am a people person and want to work with other leaders during the retreats, the experience, and eventually in my job. To conclude that I am ready to see what Italy has to offer because I am excited to see what it is liked to be in a day in their people's shoes.